New York Giants Intend to Hold Onto QB Jones, RB Barkley

The New York Giants have drastically outperformed expectations this year, and now they're apparently eager to see just how far their current roster can take them. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the team intends to retain the services of quarterback Daniel Jones and running back Saquon Barkley for the 2023 season. Jones and Barkley are both set to hit unrestricted free agency following this season, so committing to both players would require long-term contracts. Barkley would likely look for a deal that places him among the league's highest-paid running backs ($15+ million per year), so he could be in line for a franchise tag. Jones may not see so much competition for his services; he could potentially settle for a pact similar to the two-year, $28 million contract New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston signed last offseason.

Setting aside major cap space for Jones and Barkley may be a risky proposition for the Giants, considering they rank only 20th in scoring this year. The passing attack, led by Jones, has been particularly ineffective, ranking 27th in yards and 25th in net yards per attempt. He has also averaged a modest 197.0 passing yards per game and 5.40 net yards per passing attempt over his 53 career games.
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